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Creepy app uses Twitter and Flickr data to track anyone on a map

When you post a photo online -- especially from a phone with a built-in camera -- you're likely sharing more than the picture itself. The same is true for updates you post on Twitter. Location data is commonly included, and crafty types can do all kinds of creepy things with that information. A good example of what's possible is Creepy, a desktop app which lets you track a Flickr or Twitter...

Wheretheladies.at hits the App Store, leverages geolocation to help you pick up girls

Wheretheladies.at, the finest low-hanging juicy fruit of geolocation, is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Using check-in data from Foursquare, the app provides a large, red easy-to-see-even-when-inebriated compass needle that points to wherever the ladies are at. At the moment, the service only works in San Francisco, which will no doubt exacerbate a gaping flaw in the system:...

Google Latitude now much easier to use on your computer

Rejoice, stalkers! You can now keep tabs on your friends whether you are on the move or in front of your desktop computer. If you want to update your location, you need to be connected via Wi-Fi so that Google can detect your location (it didn't work for me, but I suspect Americans will have more luck). Not only do you now have access to a Friends tab, but Apps are now much easier to find and...

Google's mobile ads get hyperlocal -- and more useful!

You're standing dazed on a street corner in Palo Alto. Suddenly you realize, "Oh crap, I need to rent a car so I can rendezvous with the guys at Fronty's Meat Market!!" You whip out your Nexus One, search for car rentals, and bingo! A hyperlocal ad for an Enterprise location just half a mile away appears. Now you've got your wheels, and the Donbot won't have to teach you a lesson. If you...

The Marmota project shows off what we can expect from augmented reality in the next few years

Augmented reality, at the moment, is a bit kitsch. It's a technology that's been threatening to emerge for years but, like "virtual reality," it's always been held back by technological constraints. Until the last year or two, most AR and VR implementations involved you wheeling around a laptop (or strapping it to your back!) -- and VR still requires a silly pair of glasses. That's all about to...

Google Latitude + Google Location History = very cool and kinda scary

Google has just launched a new service -- Location History -- that keeps track of your movements. Before you get your panties and/or beard in a twist, you can delete your location history at any time. It's private, too: neither your friends or the public can see your location history. Now, with that out of the way, are you grinning like a fool at the prospect of how awesome such a tool is,...

Google Chrome dev channel update brings theme sync, drops taskbar thumbnails

Google has released an update to Chrome's developer channel build, and the changelog is a lengthy one. Among the plethora of bugfixes and UI tweaks are some notable changes like the arrival of theme syncing, the departure of Windows 7's taskbar thumbnails, and several minor UI tweaks. As predicted yesterday, the expanded sync options which landed in Chromium have made their way into the dev...

Google adds feature to show if your Gmail was accessed from another country

Google has just added a new feature to Gmail: If you log on from a certain country, and a short while later, someone logs on from a different country, you will then get a security alert like the one above. It tells you that someone has tried to access your account from another country. It also tells you which country it was, and allows you to quickly change your password. In the US, it seems...

Bing announces future FourSquare integration

This isn't happening just yet, but it's pretty exciting news. NeoWin spotted a Microsoft announcement of some upcoming Bing features. The most exciting, to me, is the prospect of FourSquare integration. You will be able to search any location, and overlay it with a FourSquare "layer." You will then get icons showing where users in this area have been "checking in." This effectively shows you...

Facebook will enable geolocation -- will you expose yourself?

Until now, geolocation has been one of those quaint, semi-useful buzzwords: '... now with geolocation!!!' Twitter, Buzz and Foursquare -- the main exponents of exposing your location -- might not be small, but they pale in comparison to Facebook. With the announcement that Facebook will be enabling geolocation next month, Pandora's Box has been torn open; whether you like it or not, geolocation...

Twitter rolls out geolocation, and Facebook location sharing is coming

Twitter and Facebook both moved forward with their new location-based features today, with Twitter switching on geolocation features on Twitter.com, and Facebook announcing it will allow users to share their locations. We already knew that Twitter's move was coming, because Twitter's location services have been part of the API and available in third-party apps for some time now. TechCrunch is...

Geosense brings GPS-free location awareness to Windows 7

Two of my favorite Windows tinkerers -- Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng -- got tired of waiting for someone, somewhere to make use of Windows 7's cool, built-in sensor support. Rather than twiddle their thumbs like certain non-coders who are writing about them (read: me), they decided to do something about it. Enter Geosense, a free download for Windows 7 which allows you to activate location...

Apple's new patent: Latitude-like native app coming to the iPhone

It seems the Interwebs are all a-flutter at the news of a new Apple patent for 'location sharing'. Last year, Google Latitude was denied entry to the App Store. At the time, Google and Apple announced that this was to prevent 'confusion with Maps on the iPhone' -- it would now seem that Apple simply has another plan up its sleeve! Unlike Latitude, Apple's method of location sharing involves...

Noticings turns Flickr photos into a fun location-based game

If you're looking for some extra motivation to take photos this year, how about turning it into a game? Noticings is a clever location-based photo game built around the popular photo-sharing site Flickr. Noticings has a lot in common with another well-known location-based game, Foursquare. The difference is that you score points in Noticings by taking a photo of something interesting at a...

Twitter acquires Mixer Labs, creators of GeoAPI

Twitter's foray into geolocation just got a lot more serious with the company's acquisition of Mixer Labs, creators of GeoAPI. GeoAPI allows developers to add geolocation features to their apps, and now it's going to help Twitter advance its location-based capabilities. This is good news for developers of third-party Twitter apps, too, because the new API will enable them to use location data...